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Lenses / 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 12:33:38 AM »
I went out last weekend and did some shooting with this and I have to say for a lens of it's age it is amazing
I would be posting pics with this thread but during the week my hard drive in my laptop seems to have taken a dump and killed lightroom I hope to get it fixed tonight or over the weekend then i can post up some pics.

but onto my question, wide open with bright background there is very heavy CA and obviously LR doesnt have a preset for this lens. so my question is how do you make you own lens profile to fix this stuff in LR (I'm quite new to LR so be gentle)

The other scary thing that happened was i nearly dropped my 1D when it detatched itself from the edmika adaptor, not quite sure how it happened as the camera seems to lock on fine and not come loose when i checked it out afterwards so I dont think its a fault of the adaptor. maybe it was the way i was carrying it with the lens strap over my shoulder and camera still attached i felt it come loose and caught it between my arm and body which was very lucky!
Anyone else had a lens and body detatch unexpectedly? its damn scary  :o

Lenses / Re: 10-22 and 15-85
« on: February 23, 2012, 11:36:56 PM »
I don't have one but everyone I know with them love them, the other lens to consider that lot of people rave about is the tokina 11-16 f2.8 its supposed to be killer on a crop

Lenses / Re: Help Me Choose The Best Lens
« on: February 23, 2012, 11:09:34 PM »
While I like the 70-200 I have found since getting the 85mm that the 85 has taken over for shooting portraits, I typically use the 70-200 as more of a walk around general purpose lens now (and keep the 16-35 with me too). I would say get the 85 first. I just recommend testing the f1.2 in a shop first to see if you can live with the AF speed. but as for IQ goes Its awesome

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:08:41 PM »
I think most regulars here are commited gear heads It's kind of like therapy similar to AA
"Hi my name is wombat and i'm a gear addict..." :P

Sports / Re: Drag Races
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:59:49 PM »
I like your panning shots, good technique there

Sports / Re: Surfing photos
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:58:43 PM »
I can't believe gudun74 has only got +3 karma after posting a shot like that... :P

Well, after all I think this is simple... just shown some gratitude!!!

You are suspicious, that's ok... but after all of that there was no gratitude at all.

Sergey did a great job for free !

I'm gratefull!
thanks Sergey!
Sorry I didn't say it before. I was kind of hoping it would work on the 1Dmk3 but not expecting it too as those things have proved impossible to get shutter counts out of except for sending it to canon
It works great for the 5D2s though :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help with my "itch" for a FF
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:45:14 PM »
FF is awesome. Drink the Koolaid. FF is awesome.

But...the 5DII doesn't seem to fit well with some of your subjects.  The 5DIII specs are still a rumor. So, I'd wait a bit...

On the realistic side, you'd need to figure in the cost of an UWA lens for FF (16-35, 17-40, or TS-E 17mm, the last being excellent for indoor real estate).

definately agree, with your subjects and shootign I would wait for the 5D3 the mk2 will disappoint you and I highly recomend the 16-35 f2.8L II

Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:58:02 PM »
- I think people smite if they disagree with what you say

I disagree.    ;D

yeah wel i disagree wth your disagreement! ner ner ner ner :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 16 bit color anyone?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:50:41 PM »

This is a good example of why I have been grumpy at Canon lately.  With the increased focus on framerate and video features, they are moving away from making stuff like this feasible.  I would MUCH rather have a 16 bit camera then something designed for speed (AF,framerate,video,etc).

I agree. canon has been busying converting its customers into videographers...like it or not. I support a split. Put competitive video but focus on stills. go chase RED away from me.

+1 for each of you, I agree.  There needs to be a body that remains in the camera still photo business.

Canon have proved they can make high res sensors, and have stated they can respond quickly to the D800 if needed although a little cryptic. I guess there must be a high res or two prototype banging around.
While I would be suprised if a high res camera that isnt the 1D would have 16 bit while the 1D does not who knows what they will do. Since ultra high res has no video benefit this high MP camera would be the perfect platform to forget about video and concentrate on stills the good ol 3D rumour :P a high MP high dynamic range body with 1D build, no integrated battery grip low FPS super high quality low iso it will tick all the studio and landscape photographers boxes.
A camera that is totally stills oriented would be refreshing and a high MP beast targeted at studio and landscape might just be the vehicle to deliver it. If they do i I just hope it doesnt have the integrated grip.

but what if canon made it and priced it at $5000? 1D build quality 2 or 3 fps 50MP super DR at iso 100 max iso 3200? then we would be flooded by crys of "how can canon do this to me its too expensive!" never mind that is half the price of a pentax 645D and can use all the canon glass you already have.

just some things to consider...

Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:59:35 PM »
Well i've had a run of smites the last couple of days

cant work out why really

- maybe people dont like my attempts at jokes
- everytime i say i dont like photomatix i get smites like clockwork :D people are REAL sensetive about this for some reason. Same if you mention "overprocessing"
- I think people smite if they disagree with what you say. Basically if you state a defined opinion of anything someone will smite you for it. dont let the risk of smites stop you putting forward a clear civil logical opinion.

hopefully fear of smites deters people from being rude and offensive and derogatory

Generally I try to be as helpfull as possible because I have found people on here have helped me alot its a great resource don't let getting a few smites get you down.

EOS Bodies / Re: The next 5D - 100% VF Feature - What is this good for?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:46:54 PM »
Its pretty hard to explain all I can say is go to a camera shop that sells 1D series cameras and look throught the view finder and you will understand. its a massive difference. even over the 5D2 the 1D VF is soooo much better.


3) the controls on the back of the transmitter are awesome it makes on the fly ettl controls super quick

What kind of controls are on the back?

I am rather tied in to PW at the moment (1 mini and 4 flex)- but doesn't mean I wont add some odins for small scale shooting with two or 3 flash

this video shows it quite well
Phottix Odin Wireless Flash Trigger with ETTL Support Small | Large

has the unified magic lantern come out for the 5d2 yet? i tried the previous versions and they were so bad i just gave up on the whole thing, I only wanted the still functions. it was just too much of a hassle and too unstable I found :(

I have a build from Feb 7th and well... absolutely stunning. It's like having a new camera although some fixes yet neccessery. Great support for HDR, timelapse, bulb exposures etc.

good to know! when they release it fully I'll donate but I was so disappointed with the last one I tried I couldn't see myself using it. Having seent he screenshots of the new one though it does look promising and much cleaner.

how is the stability and reliability? any issues?

It's much more stable now and much less crashes occur, though it sometimes happens.  Reliability is also on good level - if something is implemented and you successed to configure it properly, then it will work properly.

There are some really funny features working now for photo mode like:
1. Triggering shot with:
a) sound (you can clap for instance) to shoot - configure sound level
b) motion detect - configure contrast change
c) waving with hand behind the camera (they use lcd ambient light sensor which is just below lcd) - configure change of light
2. Intervalometer  (shoot every ... from 1 second to 488minutes) with bulb ramping (adjusting levels of exposures to prevent overexposure ie when it becomes to light in the morning after having started shooting in night)
3. Trap focus - shooting when object comes to focus
4. Constantly appearing box with close-up of an area in liveview mode making it easier to focus
5. Ability to focus using joystick instead of ring on a lens (it's not so accurate as focusing manually but there could occur circumstances it would be useful for shooting) This is nice feature for video anyway.
6. Comparing images in ghost mode - useful for landsapes panning
7. Information on screen showing actual focal, zoom range, DOF (ner, far, hyperfocal)
8. Of course HDR and focus bracketing (for macro)

Of course there are also features for video and audio but assume you're more interested in these for stills.

I'm really impressed with these features, although they can't of course fight against sensor and digic limitations. It shows rather what potential is there not fully utilized by Canon's firmware.

BTW: In my opinion battery lasts shorter when using Magic Lantern.

Cool thanks for the info! amazing how much potential there is there that doesnt get used out of the box isn't it

Landscape / Re: Post your best HDR Photographs
« on: February 23, 2012, 06:55:27 PM »
I'm not really a fan of HDR, mainly because there are so many poor examples and because I think it is used too much and has almost become cliched. There are some nice ones here though, that don't look too unnatural. This was the last shot I did with HDR, which was actually a combination of grads and HDR.

Fire and Water by Kernuak, on Flickr

And an earlier one that immediately made me imagine pteradactyls flying about. It was a sort of landmark image for me too, as it was one of the first images where I felt I'd mastered the lighting and used it for effect on the rocks and water.

Jurassic Evening by Kernuak, on Flickr

those are some really nice shots! I'd be interested to hear some more details about how you processed that first one I like it alot (+1 for you!)

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